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November 1, 2019
The bighorn sheep herd in Nevada's Stillwater Range is so healthy, NDOW has relocated 51 wild sheep to establish a new herd in unoccupied habitat in the Mineral Mountains of Utah. Last week we captured the sheep in Nevada, and then transported them to Utah. In this week's Nevada Wild Aaron Keller and Ashley Sanchez sit down with NDOW Staff Specialist Mike Cox to talk about the project, more capture and transplant projects coming up within Nevada, and shares how you can get involved.
October 21, 2019
We're celebrating Bat Week and Halloween in this week's spooky edition of Nevada Wild. Ashley Sanchez and Aaron Keller sit down with NDOW Diversity Biologist Jason Williams to talk about his extensive work with bats roosting in caves and mines. Jason also explains some of the other findings he's made in his cave explorations over the years!
October 18, 2019
Fall is one of the best times of year for fishing across the state, and Nevada fisheries are thriving! Whether it's a stream or a lake, NDOW biologists are able to determine the health of fish populations in different bodies of water with a process called electroshocking. In this week's Nevada Wild, Aaron Keller and Ashley Sanchez sit down with NDOW Fisheries Biologists Chris Crookshanks and Travis Hawks to talk about electroshocking. They explain how it works, where we do these projects and why, and how you can get involved.
October 11, 2019
Fall is well underway, which means bears have entered hyperphagia. This means they're trying to fatten up for the upcoming winter, ultimately needing up to 25,000 calories a day! Ensuring that the community is living responsibly in Bear Country is a team effort, and requires NDOW to work with different agencies to educate the public and locate problems spots, where attractants are bringing bears into urban areas. One partner that has greatly helped NDOW in its mission is Douglas Disposal, Douglas County's refuse collection service. In this week's Nevada Wild, Ashley Sanchez and Aaron Keller sit down with NDOW Bear Biologist Carl Lackey and Douglas Disposal's Boomer Schultz to talk about how they work together to help residents understand the importance of securing their trash, and what you can do to help us keep Nevada bears wild.
September 27, 2019
The Nevada Department of Wildlife is rolling out the second year of its Nevada Knockout program. Thirty-two animals who call Nevada home have been chosen to compete in a single elimination tournament. Kind of like March Madness, but with animals! The program encourages not only students to learn about wildlife, but the entire public. This year more than 3,000 students across the state will complete the program. The general public can also take part in Nevada Knockout by filling out a bracket, which has been posted on NDOW's Facebook page. The first battles will be posted on September 30th, with more battles to follow every Monday. In this week's Nevada Wild, Aaron Keller and Ashley Sanchez sit down with NDOW Wildlife Educator Julie Watson to explain the program, its purpose and its success and growth since it started last year!
September 20, 2019
Nevada's waterfowl season is kicking off this weekend in part of the state, and quickly approaching in others. In this week's Nevada Wild NDOW's Aaron Keller and Ashley Sanchez sit down with NDOW Waterfowl Biologist Russell Woolstenhulme and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Region 8 Waterfowl Biologist Chris Nicolai to talk about the work the agencies do to understand and manage waterfowl populations in the state. They also talk about what hunters can expect for the season, and go over tips and great spots for waterfowl hunting. Buy your hunting license today at ndowlicensing.com. Find season dates and information here: http://www.eregulations.com/nevada/small-game/
September 13, 2019
National Public Lands Day (NPLD) is the nation's largest single-day volunteer effort. It celebrates the connection between people and green space in their community, inspires environmental stewardship, and encourages use of open space for education, recreation, and general health. While the event is officially recognized this year on September 28, a number of events and volunteer opportunities will be hosted by different agencies on that date and in the week leading up to it. In this week's Nevada Wild, NDOW's Ashley Sanchez and Aaron Keller talk to Gabby Lukins with the Bureau of Land Management's (BLM)Winnemucca District and Walker River State Recreation Area Park Supervisor Randy Denter about events and volunteer opportunities happening around the state. These include the Walker River State Recreation Area's One-Year Anniversary Celebration and multiple community clean-ups organized by BLM.
September 6, 2019
Very few people are willing to sacrifice so much of their personal time for wildlife as Brett K. Jefferson, who has made a second career for himself by volunteering his time for conserving wildlife. He has a long and productive history of working with numerous bighorn sheep non-governmental organizations including the Wild Sheep Foundation, Fraternity of the Desert Bighorn, Nevada Bighorns Unlimited (NBU) – Reno, Fallon – NBU, NBU – Midas, and Elko Bighorns Unlimited. His work coordinating partnerships and fundraising has made him a powerhouse in getting conservation projects done. Jefferson's notable work and commitment to wildlife will be recognized during the September Nevada Board of Wildlife Commissioners meeting in Las Vegas, where he will receive the Commission’s 2018 Wayne E. Kirch Conservation Award. In this week's Nevada Wild, Ashley Sanchez and Aaron Keller sit down with Jefferson and NDOW's Wildlife Education Coordinator Julie Watson to talk about the award and the work Jefferson has done to earn this recognition. Jefferson also explains his passion how his passion and commitment to Nevada's wildlife all started!
August 30, 2019
Upland Game hunters... it's that time of year! September 1 (this Sunday!)is the opener for dove, ruffed grouse, blue grouse, Himalayan snowcock and crow. On top of that, many more upland game seasons are approaching! In this week's Nevada's Wild Ashley Sanchez and Aaron Keller sit down with NDOW Upland Game Staff Specialist Shawn Espinosa and Migratory Game Bird Staff Specialist Russell Woolstenhulme to talk about the upcoming upland game seasons, population numbers for a variety of the major species and some tips that may help lead to a successful bird hunting trip for you, your family and friends.
August 23, 2019
A joint Nevada Department of Wildlife(NDOW) and Nevada Department of Transportation(NDOT) initiative to install wildlife safety crossings in northeastern Nevada has received the Federal Highway Administration 2019 Environmental Excellence Award. The award recognizes nine crossings on I-80 between Wells and Wendover and US-93 between Wells and Jackpot. In this week's Nevada Wild, Ashley Sanchez and Aaron Keller sit down with NDOT wildlife biologist Nova Simpson and NDOW Wildlife Staff Sepcialist Mike Cox to talk about the award, how the crossings are benefiting drivers and wildlife, and how they hope to see more projects like this in the future.
August 16, 2019
NDOW's Wildlife Educators are rolling out a brand new program in classrooms across the state. The program, Know Your Nevada, is aimed at educating 4th grade students on state symbols and the importance of conservation in the state. In this week's Nevada Wild Ashley Sanchez and Aaron Keller sit down with Wildlife Educators Julie Watson and Jess Heitt to talk about the program, how it benefits students and how classes can get involved. The hosts are also quizzed on how well they know their Nevada!
August 12, 2019
This summer we've seen videos of swarms of grasshoppers all over the news and social media. This is also the time of year people are spending more time outside and more likely to get a bug bite! In this week's Nevada Wild, Aaron Keller and Ashley Sanchez sit down with Southern Nevada Wildlife Diversity Biologist Christy Klinger to talk about how these pesty insects impact wildlife, including bats and the yellow-billed cuckoo. The also address how these species keep insect populations in check!
August 2, 2019
The state of Nevada has passed a new law in its ongoing efforts to prevent the spread of chronic wasting disease (CWD), a nervous system disease that affects deer, moose, elk and reindeer. Senate Bill 85 restricts hunters who have harvested specific game species in other states from bringing certain parts of the carcass into Nevada. CWD has not been detected in Nevada, but biologists continue to monitor our mule deer and elk populations. In this week’s Nevada Wild Ashley Sanchez and Aaron Keller sit down with NDOW Game Division Administrator Brian Wakeling and NDOW Veterinarian Peregrine Wolff to talk about the disease, prevention efforts including Senate Bill 85, how hunters can do their part to prevent the spread of CWD, and why their help is so important.
July 26, 2019
Chief Game Warden Tyler Turnipseed has been at service with NDOW since 1992. Last week was bittersweet for NDOW staff after Tyler announced he will retire from the agency in early August. In this week's Nevada Wild, Ashley Sanchez and Aaron Keller sit down with Tyler to take a look back at his nearly 30 years with NDOW, the legacy he's leaving behind, and what's in store for his future. He also gives some great advice to those looking to follow in his footsteps as a game warden.
July 19, 2019
Every summer, NDOW staff and volunteers head to western Nevada's beautiful Marlette Lake for the annual Marlette Lake Broodstock Spawning Project. The eggs we get from this project provide our fish hatcheries with most of the trout we stock in waters across the state. In this week's Nevada Wild NDOW's Ashley Sanchez and Aaron Keller sit down with Native Aquatic Staff Specialist Chris Crookshanks and Western Region Fisheries Supervisor Kim Tisdale to explain the project, its history, its importance to recreational fishing in Nevada, and how you can get involved.
July 12, 2019
It's almost time for the 30th Annual Angel Lake Kids Fishing Derby! The derby is Saturday, July 20 starting at 8 a.m. at beautiful Angel Lake just outside of Wells in Elko County. The event is geared for children age 4 to 15, but the whole family is invited. In this week's Nevada Wild NDOW's Ashley Sanchez and Aaron Keller sit down with Conservation Educator Joe Doucette to talk about why the event is such a hit year after year, fishing techniques to ensure you catch a fish, and conditions on eastern Nevada waters.
June 28, 2019
Nevada Department of Wildlife's law enforcement is joining agencies across the nation in the Operation Dry Water campaign from July 5 through July 7. This is a heightened awareness and enforcement campaign focused on deterring boaters from boating under the influence of drugs or alcohol. In this week's Nevada Wild podcast, NDOW's Ashley Sanchez and Aaron Keller sit down with Boating Education Coordinator Aaron Meier and Boating Law Administrator Captain Brian Bowles to talk about Operation Dry Water, and how NDOW is enforcing it. Bowles also talks about his vision for NDOW's boating program moving forward.
June 28, 2019
Nevada Department of Wildlife's law enforcement is joining agencies across the nation in the Operation Dry Water campaign from July 5 through July 7. This is a heightened awareness and enforcement campaign focused on deterring boaters from boating under the influence of drugs or alcohol. In this week's Nevada Wild podcast, NDOW's Ashley Sanchez and Aaron Keller sit down with Boating Education Coordinator Aaron Meier and Boating Law Administrator Captain Brian Bowles to talk about Operation Dry Water, and how NDOW is enforcing it. Bowles also talks about his vision for NDOW's boating program moving forward.
June 21, 2019
As animals get more active in the late spring and early summer, NDOW is flooded with phone calls from the public about how to deal with wildlife. Many of those calls come from people asking what to do with baby wildlife they believe to be injured or abandoned. In this week's Nevada Wild, Ashley Sanchez and Aaron Keller sit down with NDOW Urban Wildlife Coordinator Jess Wolff and Wildlife Educator Jess Heitt. They give an in-depth explanation of why it's best to leave young wildlife alone, explain common calls they get from the public, and give a variety of tips on living in a state that's abundant with wildlife.
June 14, 2019
In this week's Nevada Wild, NDOW's Ashley Sanchez sits down with Wildlife Educators Julie Watson and Jess Brooks to talk about the best summertime hikes in both Las Vegas and Reno. They also share tips on planning ahead to make your experience more enjoyable, and how to beat the heat while enjoying the outdoors. They explain what to do if you encounter wildlife and talk about some of the fun wildlife programs and events NDOW has happening this summer.
June 7, 2019
International Wildlife Crimestoppers (IWC) is a non-profit dedicated to stopping ALL poaching. The group is made up of wildlife resource officers from agencies across North America, including the Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW). This July members will come together in South Lake Tahoe for the annual IWC Conference. In conjunction with the conference, IWC will hold a Sporting Clay Shoot on July 13 at the Capitol City Gun Club in Carson City to raise money for the non-profit. In this week's Nevada Wild Ashley Sanchez and Aaron Keller sit down with NDOW's Chief Game Warden Tyler Turnipseed, and Game Warden Captain and IWC President Brian Eller. They talk about the history of IWC and how the non-profit has helped fund NDOW's anti-poaching efforts. They also explain the importance of the conference and the Sporting Clay Shoot, and explain how you can get registered.
May 31, 2019
Nevada's Free Fishing Day on June 8 is the one day of the year you can fish any public water in the state without a fishing license. If you have never tried fishing, Free Fishing Day is the day to get out and try it! In this week's Nevada Wild, Ashley Sanchez and Aaron Keller sit down with NDOW's Zac Campbell, Joe Doucette and Abbey Czarnecki to talk about all of the fun Free Fishing Day events happening around the state! Find an event near you here: http://www.ndow.org/fish/free_fishing_day/
May 24, 2019
In this week's Nevada Wild Ashley Sanchez and Aaron Keller and NDOW's Zac Campbell and Jan Nemec talk about carp fishing in Nevada and one of the funnest events of the year! The Kids Carp Derby is Saturday, June 1. It's always fun seeing kids' reactions as they haul in huge carp with our very own magic bait! Registered kids receive a raffle entry and all the free stink bait they can handle. Kids 12 years and older need a valid fishing license. Buy their fishing license today at ndowlicensing.com, and register for the event here: https://register-ed.com/events/view/143906
May 16, 2019
This time of year wildlife, including bears, come out of their dens and get more active. It's important people living in and visiting bear country take the proper steps to keep Nevada bears wild not only in the spring, but all year long. Living in Bear Country is a year-round responsibility! In this week's Nevada Wild, Ashley Sanchez and Aaron Keller sit down with NDOW's very own bear experts, Carl Lackey and Heather Reich, to talk about bear activity and behavior, and the steps you can take to help us keep them wild.
May 10, 2019
May is One Truckee River Month, a celebration of the Truckee River and its importance to the community. The month is full of exciting events, including the Reno River Festival. This two-day event is not only a lot of fun, but also educates and informs the public about the benefits of recreating safely on the Truckee River. In this week's Nevada Wild, Ashley Sanchez and Aaron Keller sit down with One Truckee River's Sophie Butler and NDOW's Aaron Meier to talk about all of the events this month, what you can expect at the Reno River Festival, and the importance of this celebration, and the work of One Truckee River and its partner stakeholders.
April 26, 2019
You either are one, or you know one. Everyone has that person in their group who waits until the last minute to put in for their big game tags. We have just a few days left until the big game application deadline 11 p.m. on April 29, and many sportsmen and women have yet to submit their big game applications on ndowlicensing.com. In this week's Nevada Wild, Ashley Sanchez and Aaron Keller sit down with avid sportsmen, NDOW's Zac Campbell and CJ Ellingwood to talk about their application strategies, why people wait to apply, common questions they're getting from customers who are submitting applications, and information procrastinators will want to have before they apply for tags.
April 19, 2019
Every April for the last few years, TravelNevada has celebrated Nevada's wildlife all month long by sharing wildlife stories on the agency's social media(@travelnevada) and website(travelnevada.com). This year NDOW Wildlife Diversity Biologist Mackenzie Jeffress and her work surveying Nevada's fiercest forest raptor, the Northern Goshawk, was chosen to be featured. In this week's Nevada Wild, Ashley Sanchez talks to TravelNevada's Sydney Martinez and Rachel Wright, along with NDOW's Mackenzie Jeffress to talk about adventures you should go on for prime wildlife viewing, Mackenzie's work as a Wildlife Diversity biologist and much more!
April 12, 2019
Las Vegas resident, Adrian Montero Jr. and his dad Adrian Montero Sr. started the web video series, Sin City Outdoors about four years ago to share their outdoor experiences. The videos have since grown in popularity, with some reaching millions of views! In this week's Nevada Wild, NDOW's Ashley Sanchez and Aaron Keller talk with Adrian Jr. and Adrian Sr. about how they started the series, its growth, hunting and fishing opportunities in the state, and their love for the great outdoors.
April 5, 2019
One of the Silver State's most popular events, the Clark County Fair and Rodeo is coming to Logandale, Nevada on April 10 through April 14. There will be fun for the whole family! Every year the Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW) partners with the fair to offer a variety of activities and booths to educate fairgoers on Nevada's wildlife. In this week's Nevada Wild, Ashley Sanchez and Aaron Keller sit down with NDOW's Doug Nielson and Clark County Fair Manager Kevin Willard. They talk about everything you can expect at the fair, what it does for the state, and how you can attend and volunteer to help.
March 29, 2019
Guzzlers are man-made watering holes, built in areas where there is not enough water to support wildlife. While guzzlers are built to primarily benefit big game and upland bird species, they also provide a valuable source of water for wildlife of all types and sizes. Nevada Department of Wildlife NDOW relies heavily on partners and volunteers to build guzzlers and has a number of opportunities coming up. In this week's Nevada Wild, Ashley Sanchez and Aaron Keller sit down with NDOW Habitat Staff Specialist Matt Maples and Habitat Biologist Kenny Pirkle to talk about the history of guzzlers in the state, the impacts of guzzlers on wildlife, upcoming projects, and how volunteers can sign up to help.
March 22, 2019
In this week's Nevada Wild NDOW's Aaron Keller sits down with well-known Nevada sportsman Remi Warren to talk about his big game application strategy, what he's looking forward to this year and growing up hunting in Nevada. You can find information to help you with your strategy by visiting ndow.org: http://www.ndow.org/Hunt/Resources/
March 15, 2019
Boating season is just about here! We want you to start getting prepared before you head on the water. One of the first steps you can take is to sign up for a boating education course. From March 12 through March 23 we're joining other agencies nationwide in the Spring Aboard – Take A Boating Education Course campaign. Whether you have taken a class in the past or are new to boating, you can always learn more about how to be safe and responsible on the water. Several online courses will be offering a 50% discount during the campaign. In this week's Nevada Wild, Ashley Sanchez and Aaron Keller sit down with NDOW's Statewide Boating Education Coordinator Aaron Meier, and Southern Nevada Boating Education Coordinator Nick Duhe to talk about the campaign and other steps you can take to make sure you and your family have a great boating experience. You can find boating education courses on ndow.org. Now is also a good time to make sure your boat registration is up- to -date. Register your vessels today at ndowlicensing.com.
March 8, 2019
The Nevada Department of Wildlife is recruiting volunteers for a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) project to monitor wood duck nesting boxes near Fallon, along with other duck banding projects. These are great opportunities for families! In this week's Nevada Wild, Ashley Sanchez and Aaron Keller sit down with USFWS biologist Chris Nicolai and NDOW Waterfowl Staff Specialist Russell Woolstenhulme to explain the wood duck project, how the data is used, why biologists band ducks, and how you can volunteer to get involved.
March 1, 2019
Now is the time to do your homework in order to have the best chance possible in Nevada's upcoming big game draw! The application period is less than a month away, opening on March 18 at ndowlicensing.com. In this week’s Nevada Wild, NDOW’s Ashley Sanchez and Aaron Keller sit down with Big Game Biologists Cody Schroeder and Cody McKee to compare their strategies and talk about the ins and outs of the application process. If you still have questions about the application process, NDOW will have the answers at our Big Game Application Seminars on March 27 in Reno and Las Vegas. Also be sure to check out the Top 10 Resources page on ndow.org.
February 22, 2019
This week's Nevada Wild features Travis Warren, host of the Upchukar podcast, and avid upland bird hunters Terry Owens and Matt Hardinge. These three talk about their passion for hunting and conservation, and recap their epic hunt for the rarely seen Himalayan Snowcock. You can watch the Project Upland original film (filmed by Wil Sensing) that follows the hunt here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ul7XJmBoGeg&t=226s If you enjoy Nevada Wild, you'll also enjoy the Upchukar podcast. Find the podcast and blog here: https://upchukar.com/
February 15, 2019
NDOW funds improvements at shooting ranges across Nevada to make them safer and more accessible to the community. This funding also creates more facilities to host Hunter Education classes. We are currently accepting applications for this grant program. In this week's Nevada Wild, NDOW's Ashley Sanchez ans Aaron Keller talk about the grant program, how the funding is used, the importance of providing funding to shooting ranges, and how communities can apply for a grant for a shooting range near them.
February 8, 2019
The Nevada Department of Wildlife is teaming up with the Elko Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation for two days full of outdoors fun at the Elko Sportman's Expo. The event takes place Saturday, March 2 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, March 3 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Elko Conference Center. The event will have a Kids Activity Room and about 40 booths in the main hall featuring non-profit conservation groups, food and drink, and outdoor retailers. In this week's Nevada Wild, Ashley Sanchez and Aaron Keller sit down with NDOW's Joe Doucette and Julie Gabrielson to talk about what you can expect from the event, why it's great for the whole family, who it benefits, and more!
February 1, 2019
One of Northern Nevada’s largest outdoor and hunting expos is almost here! The Wild Sheep Foundation Convention and Sporting Expo better known as "The Sheep Show" takes place Feb. 7-9, 2019. The exhibit hall features more than 400 exhibits featuring guides and outfitters from around the globe plus top of the line retailers selling gear, guns, art, taxidermy and other outdoor items. Also part of the event is the Youth Wildlife Conservation Experience (YWCE) portion of the show, with more than 20 different hands-on learning stations designed to excite and inspire the next generation of outdoor enthusiasts and wildlife conservationists. In this week’s Nevada Wild NDOW’s Ashley Sanchez and Aaron Keller sit down with the Wild Sheep Foundation’s Ryan Brock to talk about everything you need to know about the Sheep Show and YWCE, who they benefit, and how the events have grown over the years. For more details check out these links: Sheep Show: https://www.wildsheepfoundation.org/convention YWCE: https://www.wildsheepfoundation.org/mission-and-programs/youth-programs/ywce?fbclid=IwAR13oSfpnKSsnP2munUjhSNqgGYUm_Z0VZWIRUYCEOD0UoGkubzXPmHKdEI
January 25, 2019
While the Nevada Department of Wildlife is happy to hear that people are getting outside and ice fishing, we want to make sure they're taking the proper precautions to have a safe and enjoyable experience. It's also important to know which bodies of water are safe enough for ice fishing. In this week's Nevada Wild, NDOW's Ashley Sanchez and Aaron Keller sit down with Kevin Joell and Pete Briant from the Reno Fire Department to talk about steps people should take before heading out on ice, how to decide on a safe place to ice fish and what to do in a worst case scenario.
January 22, 2019
The Nevada Department of Wildlife is partnering up with Nothing To It! Culinary Center to host two separate classes on February 23 that will give participants tips and techniques that will get their game successfully from the field to the table in meals they’ll be proud to serve family and friends. The first, starting at 10 a.m., we're organizing with help from the Wild Sheep Foundation, and will focus entirely on teaching kids how to cook wild game. The second, which starts at 2:30 p.m., is for adults. Participants will get to sample all recipes. In this week's Nevada Wild, Ashley Sanchez and Aaron Keller sit down with NDOW's Dawn Andersen, Nothing To It's Chef Lara Ritchie and the Wild Sheep Foundation's Ryan Brock to talk about the classes, why they are important, and how you can take part in them.
January 11, 2019
One year ago the Nevada Department of Wildlife rolled out a brand-new licensing system. This came at the same time as our License Simplification program, when we streamlined the process of purchasing a license by eliminating stamps and offering modern, mobile-friendly methods to purchase, possess, and present licenses. The goal was to make it easier than ever for outdoor enthusiasts to get into the field! In this week’s Nevada Wild, NDOW’s Ashley Sanchez and Aaron Keller sit down with Data and Technology Division Administrator Chet VanDellen to look back on the first year of changes, the new system’s success and what hunters, anglers, trappers, and boat owners can expect in 2019.
January 4, 2019
A few months ago NDOW shared a video Facebook follower Katherine Schripsema captured of a moose walking through sagebrush in Wells, Nevada. The video quickly became NDOW's most popular social media post of 2018. We received comments from people expressing their surprise at a moose being seen in Nevada. We also received more than a dozen messages from other Facebook followers sharing pictures and videos they've captured of their own moose sightings in the state. The videos popularity even inspired NDOW biologists to start a citizen science project to better track Nevada's moose populations. In this week's Nevada Wild, Ashley Sanchez and Aaron Keller sit down with NDOW Big Game Staff Specialist Cody McKee to talk about growing moose populations in the state, how citizen science is used to better understand the species, and what you can do to help.
December 28, 2018
We can't think of a better way to ring in the New Year than getting outdoors with friends and family. 2019 is full of recreational opportunities! In this week's Nevada Wild, Ashley Sanchez talks to the Bureau of Land Management's Rita Henderson and NDOW's Jess Brooks and Ivy Santee about all of the events and outdoor opportunities you have to look forward to in the coming year. They cover places you'll want to visit, and major events across the state.
December 21, 2018
Many people don't realize that winter is a prime time of year to spot Nevada wildlife. In this week's Nevada Wild, Ashley Sanchez talks to NDOW Wildlife Educators Julie Watson and Jess Brooks about great places to go for wildlife viewing across the state. We also recap NDOW's first annual Nevada Knockout Program, a hit on social media and in classrooms.
December 14, 2018
Ice fishing season is almost here! For those anglers new to ice fishing, you are in for a surprise. It is relaxing, quite easy and much more social than its warm weather cousin.  In this week's Nevada Wild, NDOW's Ashley Sanchez talks to eastern Nevada's Conservation Educator Joe Doucette about the best ice fishing locations, safety, tips, gear and more!
December 6, 2018
National Audubon's Christmas Bird Count (CBC) is the nation's longest-running citizen science bird project. Over a century's worth of data has been collected since the project began, and now its as much of a tradition for many friends and families as it is a massive scientific project. In this week's Nevada Wild, NDOW's Ashley Sanchez sits down with Lahontan Audubon Society's Jim Woods and Rob Lowry to talk about local bird counts, how you can get involved and the significance of the Christmas Bird Count to scientific research. Learn more about the Christmas Bird Count here: https://www.audubon.org/conservation/join-christmas-bird-count You can get involved and sign up for the count circles Lowry and Woods talk about in the podcast here: https://www.nevadaaudubon.org/2018-christmas-bird-count.html
November 30, 2018
Waterfowl hunting season is well underway! In this week's Nevada Wild NDOW's Ashley Sanchez and Aaron Keller sit down with NDOW Migratory Game Bird Staff Specialist Russell Woolstenhulme and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Waterfowl Biologist Chris Nicolai to explain their work with waterfowl, how they first started waterfowl hunting, their appreciation for the birds, and share insight into what makes Nevada the perfect state for this outdoor pursuit.
November 21, 2018
Black Friday weekend is here! It's officially the time of year when people rush to the stores to find the best deals on gifts for their family and friends. In this week's Nevada Wild, Ashley Sanchez and Aaron Keller sit down with Cabela's Assistant Store Manager Mike Aiazzi, and Nevada Wild regular Julie Watson to share gift ideas for Nevada's outdoorsmen and women, and share Black Friday giveaways at Cabela's and Bass Pro Shops.
November 16, 2018
Tired of using the same old recipes to cook wild game? There are so many fun, creative recipes! Just looking at the thumbnail picture makes us hungry! In this week's podcast we feature Kristy Crabtree with Nevada Foodies Wild Game Cuisine and Nothing to It! Cooking School & Kitchen Store's Lara Ritchie! They share some great information on cooking wild game, just in time for the holidays! Be sure to keep an eye on our page for it.
November 9, 2018
In 2018, we mark the centennial of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, the most powerful and important bird-protection law ever passed. In honor of this milestone, the Nevada Department of Wildlife has joined forces with other nature lovers around the world for the year-long Year of the Bird celebration. Every month, all year long we are posting photos and facts about Nevada's birds as part of our commitment to protect birds today and for the next hundred years. In this week's Nevada Wild NDOW's Aaron Keller and Ashley Sanchez sit down with avid bird watchers Rob Lowry and NDOW's Julie Watson to talk about the importance of this celebration and what you can do to contribute. To see monthly Year of the Bird posts, be sure to find the Nevada Department of Wildlife on facebook (https://www.facebook.com/NvDOW/). Learn more about the Year of the Bird Celebration at these links: https://www.nationalgeographic.org/projects/year-of-the-bird https://www.audubon.org/yearofthebird Find out how you can contribute to bird research locally with the Lahontan Audubon Society here: https://www.nevadaaudubon.org/
November 2, 2018
In this week's Nevada Wild, Ashley Sanchez and Aaron Keller sit down with Nevada Department of Wildlife Director Tony Wasley and Mule Deer Staff Specialist Cody Schroeder to talk about all things mule deer. They discuss the current state of mule deer populations in Nevada, projects to protect and understand those populations, mule deer hunting and more.
October 25, 2018
NDOW is celebrating Bat Week from October 24 right to Halloween. Bat Week is an annual, international celebration of the role of bats in nature. Many people think of bats as one of the scary creatures associated with Halloween. You might be surprised, however, to learn that nearly everything you thought about bats is incorrect and they are actually extremely important to the success of Nevada’s ecosystems. In this week's Nevada Wild, NDOW's Ashley Sanchez and Aaron Keller speak with Wildlife Diversity Biologist Christy Klinger, who debunks the myths surrounding bats and talks about their importance to the ecosystems they inhabit.
October 19, 2018
The fall months in Northern Nevada provide plenty of fishing opportunities. In fact, some fisherman wait until the fall months to dust off their rods and put on their waders. This week, Aaron Keller talks fall fishing in Northern Nevada with Jan Nemec, Angler Education Coordinator out of Reno and Mike Curtis, Angler Education Volunteer, Fishing Guide and all-around fish head. Enjoy!
October 13, 2018
On this week's show Aaron Keller and Ashley Sanchez sit down with NDOW's Wildlife Veterinarian Peri Wolff. We find out how Peri got into her position, and why wildlife agencies across the country are hiring veterinarians into their ranks. We also talk through Avian Botulism, wildlife monitoring, how we can be proactive when we have animals in our hands, and tips on what the public can do to help us while they are out in Nevada.
October 5, 2018
Following a severe fire season, NDOW's Ashley Sanchez and Aaron Keller sit down with Conservation Ecologist Lee Turner and Public Information Officer(PIO) Beth Kenna, a former PIO for the North Tahoe Fire Prevention District, to talk about the restoration efforts. The Habitat Division plays an important role within the Nevada Department of Wildlife. The division's main objective is to ensure that Nevada wildlife habitats are productive and in good condition. In this week's Nevada Wild, Turner also outlines the other major habitat projects the Department is working on and the impact those projects have.
September 28, 2018
As fruit trees ripen, bears are going through a phase called hyperphagia, taking in more than 25,000 calories every day to see them into their dens. Every fall there are issues with bears getting into fruit trees. Aside from the damage bears can do to a fruit tree, it also brings them into close proximity to homes and other possible attractants resulting in conflict. That's why NDOW is encouraging you to pick the fruit from you fruit trees as soon it ripens. There's even a few groups that will pick fruit for you, and donate that fruit to pantries. In this week's Nevada Wild, NDOW's Ashley Sanchez and Aaron Keller sit down with NDOW bear biologist Heather Reich and arborist Tom Henderson with Healthy Trees out of Carson City to talk about the help gleaning groups need from you this time of year. For more information about Healthy Trees tree service and gleaning, visit them on facebook (https://www.facebook.com/Healthy-Trees-216423199852/) or at their website http://healthytreesonline.com/.
September 21, 2018
Saturday, September 22 is National Public lands Day, the nation’s largest, single-day volunteer event for public lands, held annually on the fourth Saturday in September. NPLD brings together hundreds of thousands of individual and organizational volunteers to help restore America’s public lands. NDOW is partnering up with agencies, including the Bureau of Land Management Nevada, to hold events around the state for you and your family to take part in. The fun doesn't stop after Saturday, the entire month of September is Public Lands Month, which celebrates great places to hunt and fish. In this week's Nevada Wild, NDOW's Ashley Sanchez and Aaron Keller sit down with BLM Nevada's Rita Henderson to talk about all of the events going on this month and why you should celebrate. For a map of events click here: https://www.blm.gov/get-involved/volunteers/national-public-lands-day Be sure to use #NPLD in your pictures, so we can share them.
September 14, 2018
The Wayne E. Kirch Nevada Wildlife Conservation Award is given annually to recipients who have demonstrated significant results towards conservation, management or enhancement of wildlife. This year's recipient is the Tortoise Group, which has shown astounding commitment to Nevada’s wildlife by working to protect and educate the public on desert tortoises for almost 30 years. In this week's Nevada Wild, NDOW's Ashley Sanchez, Aaron Keller and Julie Watson discuss the Tortoise Groups work with Tortoise Group Eand why it is critical for desert tortoises in Nevada and surrounding states. If you are interested in adopting a desert tortoise or volunteering for the group head to this link: http://tortoisegroup.org/
September 7, 2018
The Nevada Department of Wildlife is starting a brand new program in October, that encourages not only students to learn about wildlife, but the entire public! The new program, Nevada Knockout, takes place on our Facebook page. ANYONE can participate. We will be releasing brackets on September 17 with 64 Nevada animals for you to choose one winner! Then every Monday starting October 8 we will post the outcomes of the matchups until we get to the Championship on December 10. In this week's Nevada Wild, Aaron Keller and Ashley Sanchez sit down with NDOW Wildlife Educators Julie Watson and Jess Brooks to explain the program, and the importance of getting everyone involved.
August 31, 2018
The University of Nevada, Reno's Field Day is coming up on September 8. This event features hands-on activities and information focusing on the latest advancements in agriculture, horticulture, nutrition, natural resources and the environment. In this week's Nevada Wild NDOW's Ashley Sanchez and Aaron Keller sit down with Claudene Wharton and Robert Moore with UNR's College of Agriculture, Biotechnology and Natural Resources to talk about the event, NDOW's role in the event, and the importance of agriculture to Nevada and Nevada's wildlife. Find more information about Field Day here: https://www.facebook.com/events/2057703351175918/
August 24, 2018
Every year upland game hunters look forward to September 1! This is the day when hunting opens for many birds, including dove and blue grouse. In this week's Nevada Wild Ashley Sanchez and Aaron Keller sit down with Migratory Game Bird Biologist Russell Woolstenhulme and Upland Game Staff Shawn Espinosa to talk about what makes upland game hunting seasons so family friendly, and to go over some bird hunting tips.
August 16, 2018
A crucial division of the Nevada Department of Wildlife that doesn't get a lot of attention is its Fiscal Services Section. Fiscal Services has an important role, managing all of NDOW's funding, including your license dollars! In this week's Nevada Wild, NDOW's Ashley Sanchez and Aaron Keller sit down with Fiscal Services Section Chief Gabe Pincolini to talk about where NDOW's money comes from, and how it is used to fund conservation efforts.
August 10, 2018
This week Nevada Wild is focusing the podcast on Nevada's state mammal, the bighorn sheep. Over the years, the Nevada Department of Wildlife has worked with its partnering agencies to increase bighorn sheep populations across the state. NDOW's Ashley Sanchez and Aaron Keller sit down with Bighorn Sheep Biologist Mike Cox to talk about Nevada bighorns and the efforts to expand their populations.
August 3, 2018
Just in time for hunting season, we want to remind you about NDOW's Operation Game Thief (OGT) program. OGT provides a confidential, easy and effective way for you to report wildlife violations to the Nevada Department of Wildlife, 24-hours-a-day, seven days a week. And, just like Secret Witness, it's confidential - you can remain completely anonymous. In this week's Nevada Wild, Aaron Keller and Ashley Sanchez sit down with OGT Volunteer Andrea Emnas, Game Warden Captain Brian Eller and Game Warden Reserve Sergeant James Kocijanski to talk about the program, and what you can do to volunteer and help our wardens protect Nevada's wildlife resources.
July 27, 2018
With hunting season almost here, the Nevada Department of Wildlife wants to ensure that all outdoor enthusiasts are aware of the new seasonal restrictions on the use of trail cameras. In this week's Nevada Wild, NDOW's Aaron Keller and Ashley Sanchez sit down with Nevada Board of Wildlife Commissioner David McNinch and NDOW's Chief Game Warden Tyler Turnipseed to talk about the regulation, and how and why it came into effect. You can read more about the regulation here: http://www.ndow.org/Our_Agency/News/Articles/New_Trail_Camera_Regulation_Now_in_Effect/
July 20, 2018
Right now, waters across Nevada are prime for boating. In this week's Nevada Wild, NDOW's Ashley Sanchez and Aaron Keller sit down with Conservation Educators Doug Nielsen and Joe Doucette to talk about the best places to boat in Nevada. Whether you're looking for popular waters for recreational boating and water sports, like Lake Mead and Lake Mohave, or a more peaceful spot for wildlife viewing, like the waters of the Ruby Lake National Wildlife Refuge, we cover it all! If you haven't got your boat out this year, head to ndowlicensing.com today to register your boat and get out there!
July 13, 2018
It's almost time for the 28th Annual Angel Lake Kids Fishing Derby! The derby is Saturday, July 21 starting at 8:30 at beautiful Angel Lake just outside of Wells in Elko County. It is geared for children age 4 to 15, but the whole family is invited. In this week's Nevada Wild NDOW's Ashley Sanchez and Julie Watson sit down with conservation Educator Joe Doucette to talk about everything you need to know about the event and fishing conditions in eastern Nevada.
July 6, 2018
In this week's Nevada Wild, we're focused on giving visitors and property owners the information they need to help us keep Nevada bears wild. NDOW's Ashley Sanchez and Aaron Keller sit down with bear biologist Heather Reich to talk about electric fencing, a great option to keep bears and other wildlife away from your property, and other resources people can use in bear country.
June 29, 2018
In this week's Nevada Wild podcast, NDOW's Ashley Sanchez and Aaron Keller sit down with Boating Education Coordinators Aaron Meier and Nick Duhe to talk about Operation Dry Water, a nationally coordinated heightened awareness and enforcement campaign focused on deterring boaters from boating under the influence of drugs or alcohol. They also explain the steps you should take in order to keep your family safe out on the water.
June 22, 2018
You have less than 10 days left to purchase your tickets for the Nevada Dream Tag Raffle! Tickets will be available from now until Saturday, June 30th at 11:59pm. Not only does Nevada Dream Tags give you an opportunity to win a hunt of a lifetime, but most importantly it contributes to Nevada’s wildlife habitat. In this week's Nevada Wild, NDOW's Ashley Sanchez and Aaron Keller talk to Gohunt's Brady Miller to explain the Dream Tag program. In the second half of the podcast, they sit down with Habitat Division Chief Alan Jenne to talk about the impact the tag has on Nevada's wildlife habitat. Buy your Dream Tag raffle tickets here: http://nvdreamtag.org/
June 15, 2018
The summer season is almost officially here, so it's time to explore our state and see its diverse wildlife. NDOW's Ashley Sanchez sits down with avid hikers Julie Watson, Jinna Larkin, Abbey Czarnecki(all with NDOW) and Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation's Executive Director Nathan Daniel to give suggestions on where you should go for your next adventure and some tips you should consider to prepare.
June 8, 2018
We're excited about an event coming up on June 16, The Nevada Outdoor Experience. The FREE event is co-sponsored by the Wild Sheep Foundation and the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation. The goal is to excite and inspire the next generation of outdoor enthusiasts. In this week's Nevada Wild podcast, NDOW's Ashley Sanchez and Aaron Keller sit down with the Wild Sheep Foundation's Ryan Brock to talk about the event. Two special guests join us in the second half! For more details on the Nevada Outdoor Experience head to this link: https://www.facebook.com/events/379842715831751
May 31, 2018
Free Fishing Day is your one chance during the year to get hooked for free! No fishing license is needed for adults or children on this date. In this week's Nevada Wild, Education Coordinators Aaron Keller, Joe Doucette and Ivy Santee sit down with Public Information Officer Ashley Sanchez to talk about Free Fishing Day and all of the events being held around the state. For a complete list of Free Fishing Day events and more details head to this link: http://www.ndow.org/Fish/Free_Fishing_Day/
May 25, 2018
Every year NDOW holds carp derbies across the state to encourage people to get out and fish for carp. In this week's Nevada Wild, Public Information Officer Ashley Sanchez and Conservation Education Chief Chris Vasey sit down with carp fishing enthusiasts Aaron Keller, Jan Nemec and Ivy Santee to cover everything you need to know about carp fishing and some of the upcoming events.
May 18, 2018
This week we are talking about a threatened species of the west, the Lahontan Cutthroat Trout. Public Information Officer Ashley Sanchez and Outdoor Education Coordinator Aaron Keller sit down with Fisheries Biologists Travis Hawks, Cody Byrne and Mike Star to talk about NDOW’s efforts to recover the species.
May 4, 2018
Bears are up and about! NDOW has a lot of resources available to help you avoid conflicts with bears. Here to talk about the resources and tips on keeping Nevada bears wild are NDOW bear biologist Heather Reich and Caughlin Ranch Homeowners Association General Manager Lorrie Olson. For more tips on avoiding human-bear conflicts, head to http://www.ndow.org/Nevada_Wildlife/Bear_Logic/
May 4, 2018
Reno's biggest event this May is only one week away. In last week's Nevada Wild podcasts we talked about all of the events celebrating the river for One Truckee River Month. This week we're talking about Reno River Festival 2018. Outdoor Education Coordinator Aaron Keller talks about the event and how much it's grown over the years with Conservation Education Administrator Chris Vasey, Angler Education Coordinator Jan Nemec, Wildlife Education Coordinator Tricia Dutcher and Public Information Officer Ashley Sanchez.
April 27, 2018
The month of May, now officially One Truckee River Month, is full of events celebrating the importance of the river. In this week's Nevada Wild we sit down with Conservation Educator Tricia Dutcher and One Truckee River's Patricia Tierney to talk about the events and what to expect! If you're interested in volunteering or attending any of One Truckee River month events, head to onetruckeeriver.org for more information and a list of all of the events.
April 19, 2018
The Nevada Department of Wildlife was excited to find out our partner agency TravelNevada is featuring Nevada’s wildlife on travelnevada.com and on social media for the entire month of April. In this week's Nevada Wild podcast NDOW Public Information Officer Ashley Sanchez sits down with TravelNevada's Kaitlin Godbey, Devon Blunden and Sydney Martinez and NDOW Staff Conservation Educators Aaron Keller and Aaron Meier to talk about how the agencies are working together to get the word out about the amazing wildlife in our state
April 13, 2018
With our Big Game Application Period coming to a close this coming Monday we wanted to put out one last podcast reminding our listeners to quit procrastinating and fill out your applications. We have posted a few podcasts over the last month or so about doing your homework and using our new system. This week Outdoor Education Coordinator Aaron Keller sits down with Chris Vasey, Conservation Education Administrator and Austin Willis, Hunter Education Instructor to talk about last minute applying. Get your application in today here: https://hunt.ndowlicensing.com/big-game-draw-application/
April 6, 2018
Now that spring is here, and the weather is warming, NDOW is noticing people are ready to bring out their boats! With so many people anxious to head out on the water Public Information Officer Ashley Sanchez talks boating safety with Boating Education Coordinator Aaron Meier, Conservation Educator Zac Campbell, and Staff Conservation Educator Julie Watson.
March 9, 2018
Last week NDOW received a call from one of our partner agencies, Desert Research Institute in Reno to look into a great horned owls nesting on the DRI building. NDOW and DRI are working on a way to allow the public to view the nesting, while leaving the owls in peace. We sat down Denise Hammond and Jaquelyn Davis with Desert Research Institute, and NDOW’s Supervising Biologist David Catalano to explain.
March 6, 2018
Each year NDOW rounds up dozens of volunteers who help our biologists count sage-grouse as part of our conservation efforts. We sat down with explain the count are Upland Game Staff Specialist Shawn Espinosa and Staff Conservation Educator Julie Watson, who explain the importance of the count and the volunteers who make the effort happen.
March 2, 2018
Even in the dead of winter, Northern Nevada has plenty of fishing opportunities. In fact, Topaz Lake doesn’t even open for fishing until New Year’s day. With unseasonably warm weather this winter, now is the time to grab a fishing pole and get out there. This week, Edwin talks fishing in Topaz Lake with Kris Urquhart, biologist out of Fallon Nevada and Ashley Sanchez, friend of the show.
February 24, 2018
The Nevada big game draw application period will open in less than a month, and now is the time that sportsmen need to be doing their homework to give them the best chance possible at drawing a tag. Hunters will turn into college professors inventing formulas and algorithms involving tag quotas, demand, harvest data and bonus points in an effort to get any advantage in the upcoming draw. In this week’s Nevada Wild we sit down with big game biologists Cody Schroeder and Cody McKee, and outdoor educator Aaron Keller to talk about the seminars, the ins and outs of the application process, and tips that just might help once the application opens.
February 9, 2018
In December, NDOW discovered a headless moose 20 miles Southeast of Jarbidge. Many people might be unaware of the growing moose population in Nevada and the fact that they are protected game animals. In this Nevada Wild podcast we talk to Chief Game Warden Tyler Turnipseed, biologist Cody McKee and Ashley Sanchez, friend of the show.
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